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B-CC Mistreats Urbana in Regional Semi-Final, 4-0

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2008 by Calvin Cobb
Calvin Cobb
            The Urbana Hawks brought their gaudy #4 seed in the region to B-CC on a cold, windy October 27th afternoon, but apparently left their A-game back home, up 270, because they ran into a buzz-saw in the form of a playoff-ready, B-CC Barons team that was all fired up and ready for bear. After Mimmy Wentzel created a penalty corner out of pure hustle in the first minute, Clare Becker inserted to Catherine Mirsky, who took one step to her right and cleverly dropped the ball to her left for a Sunny Cobb blast straight into the goal, allowing Cobb to score what turned out to be the winning goal one minute and ten seconds into the game. Wentzel scored a couple of minutes later, making the score 2-0. Cobb followed after another penalty corner to make it 3-0 before the crowd had fully sat down. Wentzel followed up by physically dominating a crowd of defenders to make it 4-0 before the end of the first half. Game over.
            Urbana is a perfectly good team that traveled an hour on a cold, rainy day and ran into a juggernaught. Their attempts to spring fast running wings were consistently smothered by the Barons defense, such that they managed not a single shot on goal. Coach Amy Wood has this team ready for the playoffs; crisp passing, hustle, consistent intensity, heads-up quality of play, it was all there. Ruth Andrews was simply awesome, maybe her best game ever. Meredith Storm and Julia Pernick were aweseome. Mimmy Wentzel played her best game ever as a Baron – she was a force all over the field and showed she can be a leader on this team with her consistent good play. Sunny Cobb and Catherine Mirsky are always awesome, and were extra awesome today. Charlotte Kettler, Clare Becker, Rachel Keeling and Kelsey Kiser worked inside and outside and around their counterparts and generated a ton of pressure all day. Jenn Dewey and Jose Lopes and Lydia Marks and Rebecca Natoli came in early and played well, auguring well for next season. The Barons are on a roll, but there are some very good teams left out there, waiting, and they will need to raise their game even so to reach their potential – State Champs.     

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